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17/06/02 Zip Zip Aray Honoured in South Australia

Exciting three-year-old Zip Zip Aray is the latest contender for South Australia’s highest honour in thoroughbred racing after he scored a comprehensive win in the Group One Honda Goodwood Handicap at Morphettville during the recent Adelaide Cup Carnival.

Zip Zip Aray (Bellotto-Eastern Charm) is now one of five South Australian bred performers in the running to be crowned as the South Australian Horse of the Year for 2002.

Trained on the track by David Jolly, a member of one of Adelaide’s present day leading racing families, the son of Bellotto proved too classy for a top class field in South Australia’s premier sprinting race.

Bred and raced by well known hoteliers and owners Wayne and Jenny Francis and their brother-in-law Ray Borda, Zip Zip Aray followed up his strong third in the Yallambee Classic (G2) with his Goodwood triumph.

The win was a great boost for the proven stallion Bellotto, who stands at Peter and Pauline Liston’s Lakewood Stud at Wellington.

Bellotto, a stakes placed son of the champion sire of sires Mr Prospector, is one of Australia’s most popular and proven sires. His top performers on the track have included Bullwinkle, Bellzevir, MY Brightia, Clang, Count Cambridge, Seto Bridge, Yammer, Reputed Groom and Fraud.

Zip Zip Aray is out of the King’s High mare Eastern Charm. Her Goodwood hero is her only runner to date. The mare’s first foal, by Military Plume, is unraced. Unfortunately Eastern Charm missed to SA stallion Gallo di Ferro during the 1999 breeding season.

There is much excitement in the Francis and Borda families with two new additions to the family. Eastern Charm’s rising two-year-old is a filly by the former Lakewood shuttler Danzig Connection and her present day weanling is another filly, by the beautifully bred Monolith. As if scripted for a fairytale the mare is now in foal to Bellotto, thus the resultant foal will be a full relation to the Group One winner.

Zip Zip Aray’s young trainer David Jolly always felt his youngster was a potential star of the future.

"From the first day I galloped him, I knew he would make a very good horse," winning trainer David Jolly said. "He just has so much ability – he does things too easily."

"He is still very green and I think he can continue to improve. I told the owners a couple of months ago I was going to aim him at some of the good sprints over the carnival, but to actually pull off the Goodwood is just amazing," Jolly said after the win.

Meanwhile, the South Australian Thoroughbred Breeders have also announced that the Made of Gold filly Cosmic Strike (ex National Star) has been honoured as being the Horse of the Month for January.

Although her win in the SABIS Three-Year-Old Handicap during January was not a stakes race it was a precursor to impressive wins in both the KPMG Stakes and Malaysia Airlines Stakes, both at listed level.

There are now five locally bred gallopers in the running to be crowned the South Australian Horse of the Year for 2002. The monthly finalists to date are Cosmic Strike (January), Regal Kiss (February), Toledo (March), Berezny (April) and Zip Zip Aray (May).

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